How Do I Stop My iPad and iPhone From Working With Safari?


Safari browser is touted as the world’s fastest browser, one that’s tailormade to work exclusively on Apple devices. 

By virtue of being made to work only on Apple devices, then it makes sense that iPhones and iPads will come preinstalled with Safari.

If Safari just isn’t for you, there are several alternative browsers out there for you. 

Safari is used as the default web browser for iPhones and iPads, and at times may be quite a nuisance, especially when you can’t quite figure out how to get rid of it. 

I got to a point where Safari just wasn’t working for me, and I took it upon myself to at least try getting rid of it on my iPhone and iPad. 

How Do I Stop My iPhone and iPad From Linking With Safari?

To disable Safari from your iPhone and iPad, open the Settings option on your device, then open Restrictions. This will prompt you to enter your device’s passcode. Enter it, and then you’ll see a list of all your installed applications, and from there just toggle the off switch on Safari. 

To stop your iPhone and iPad from linking with Safari, you should disable the Handoff feature on either or both devices

You may have noticed this or not but switch from your iPhone to iPad or vice versa, whatever you were doing on one device follows you to the other. 

This rather seamless device changeover is made possible by the Handoff feature in Apple devices. 

Navigate to the System Preferences on your device settings, then disable the box marked Allow Handoff between this device and your iCloud devices.

What makes the Handoff feature rather annoying, is what makes it quite convenient as well, but this is all a matter of personal preference. 

Why Does My iPhone Keep Using Safari?

The reason your iPhone may keep on using Safari by default is that Safari was created for just that.

 From a manufacturer’s perspective, Safari is designed to work perfectly on the architecture and hardware of Apple devices like iPhones and iPads. 

Right off the box, Apple products are designed to use Safari as their default browser and tool for all web-related tasks. 

While you may not quite like Safari, perhaps you should consider the fact that it has been optimized to serve as the most efficient browsing engine for the Apple device family. 

How Do I Use Safari on My iPhone?

Like most other browsers out there on the web, Safari has been created with the aim of giving one of the best, if not the very best user experience to all those who come across it. 

To zoom in and out of any browser window in Safari, you can use the simple motion of pinching out or in respectively. 

Using this rather straightforward motion gives you the ability to experience the browser in a range of viewing options. 

When scrolling through a rather long webpage, getting back to the top can be quite a hassle, filled with a tiresome and annoying amount of fast scrolling. 

In Safari, just tap at the middle section at the top of the browser window, and you’ll be navigated back to the top. 

Can I Get Rid of Safari on My iPhone and iPad?

No, it is not possible to entirely get rid of Safari on your iPhone and iPad. 

The next best thing you could do when you’ve had it with Safari is to disable Safari on your iOS devices. 

The reason why it’s not possible to entirely get rid of Safari is that it’s one of the core iOS applications on Apple devices. 

Before you get to disabling Safari on your iPhone and iPad, it would be best to first use Safari to download from the internet that web browser that you’d like to make your new default. 

To disable Safari from your iPhone and iPad:

  1. Open the Settings option on your device. 
  2. In the General Settings option, open Restrictions. 
  3. Opening the Restrictions option will prompt you to enter your device’s passcode. 
  4. Once the Restrictions window is open, you’ll see a list of all your installed applications, and from there just toggle the off switch on Safari. 

The above steps will only disable Safari on your device, as well as remove it from your home screen options. 

This will leave your Safari browser present but dormant in your iPhone or iPad. 

How Can I Reinstall Safari on My iPhone and iPad?

By virtue of Safari being one of the core and inbuilt applications in your iPhone and iPad, there really isn’t a time when Safari will be regarded as deleted or uninstalled from your device. 

This seemingly permanent state of Safari on your iPhone and iPad doesn’t necessarily make it immune to any number of bugs or system failures that can render it unusable. 

In the unlikely event that you’d wake up one day and your Safari browser is nowhere to be seen or unusable, your next move should be to reinstall or update the browser from the App Store. 

  1. On the App Store’s search section, search for Safari. 
  2. Once you’ve searched for Safari, just click on the Get button and wait for the download and installation processes to begin. 

Can I Stop the Connection Between My iPhone and iPad?

The Handoff feature on Apple devices is meant to bring about convenience when a user must move between multiple devices. 

When you switch from your iPhone to iPad or vice versa, whatever it is you were doing on the first device will virtually follow you to the other device. 

At the heart of the Handoff process between your Apple devices is your Apple ID. 

To disconnect your iPhone and your iPad or any of your other Apple devices linked to your Apple ID, 

  1. On your phone or whichever device, you’d want to disconnect, open the settings app. 
  2. Go to General settings and then navigate to Handoff. 
  3. Toggle the switch next to the Handoff option. This disconnects the respective device from automatically handing over sessions between itself and any other Apple device with your Apple ID. 

Is Safari Still Supported by Apple?

As time went by, developments on the Safari browser made it possible for it to be used by devices running on Windows. 

In terms of support, the Windows flavor of Safari is no longer being supported by Apple. 

The best of what Safari has to offer is enjoyed almost exclusively by those who use Apple devices. 

For users of Apple devices, Safari undergoes maintenance and upgrades from Apple, regularly giving it the best in terms of speed and functionality. 

Can I Browse Privately using Safari on my iPhone and iPad?

Yes, it is possible to enjoy private browsing with Safari on your iPhone and iPad. However, when you’re using private browsing on Safari, your browsing data may still be visible to other entities like your Internet Service Provider. 

To use private browsing on Safari, 

  1. Open the Safari browser on your iPhone or iPad
  2. Tap the Pages icon to open the view tabs option.
  3. Once you can see all the open tabs, tap on private to initiate a private browsing session. 

When browsing privately with Safari, the browser will get rid of all your browsing data and history upon closure of the tab. 

All that may remain after the private session has been closed is that data that you deliberately saved, like downloads. 

Why Does Safari Keep Saying a Problem Repeatedly Occurred?

As much as Safari is by far the most efficient web browser to use on Apple devices, it’s not immune to the occasional failures and errors. 

When Safari pops up the Problem Repeatedly Occurred error, it’s probably when you’re carrying out an online payment or transaction. Luckily, there’s an easy and quick fix to this problem. 

In your Safari settings option, all you need to do is activate the Enable JavaScript option. 

The JavaScript technicalities aside, the error is usually a result of the payment process relying on a resource that is not always activated by default on the Safari browser. 

Conclusion

Deciding to deactivate or get rid of the Safari browser is all a matter of personal preference. 

If you’re not one who enjoys the convenience of having your work seamlessly follow you to whichever device you’re currently on, then the Handoff feature is not for you. 

But while you consider using alternatives to Safari on your iPhone and iPad, just keep in mind that Safari was created to be the most efficient browser that can run on an Apple device. 

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